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Best Viewed on Black | More lighthouse pictures. | Desktop Background

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My first encounter with this incredible structure was back in 1984 when I was stationed at Ft. Ord near Monterey California.

Each year around the third week of November they light the Pigeon Point Lighthouse and let the 24 main beams remain still for about 5 minutes so photographers can take long exposure pictures of the lighthouse. Afterwards the beams begin to rotate so that to a distant ship, they will see one flash every 10 seconds. I have been to this event several times since learning about it a number of years ago. Each year is different and more and more photographers show up. Unfortunately due to repairs on the lighthouse the main Fresnel lens has been removed and can be viewed in the building next to the lighthouse. Until the Lighthouse is repaired the events are postponed. Hopefully we will see it again soon.

It's truly impressive when lit. This image has been used on billboards, magazines, books, banners, pamphlets and numerous websites.


In 1853 the Clipper Ship Carrier Pigeon ran aground on rocks off the coast and sank. After several other ships followed suit it was decided to build the lighthouse was finished and lit for the first time on November 15th 1872. This event is celebrated each year with the lighting of the main lens. During the rest of the year, curtains block the view of the lens.

A new LED based beacon has replaced the Fresnel Lens and the Coast Guard beacon so it's not quite as impressive now as it was a few years ago. Hopefully the Lighthouse will receive funding and be restored. If you visit, please do bring a few dollars to donate it is greatly appreciated by all us photographers. If you cannot make it to the lighthouse but would like to help, please visit the official site at
www.calparks.org/programs/resources/pigeon-point.html.

Cheers,
- Darv
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California Photography

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N 87 B 1.9K C 6 E May 22, 2018 F May 23, 2018
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A gentle breeze flowed over Bass Lake towards the shore sweeping up the sweet scent of lupine. I looked out across the lake where the sunset began to cast itâs orange, purple and pink pastel upon the distant clouds. I could hear the geese calling to each other from somewhere across the lake. The colors built slowly peaking before slowly fade into deep blue of twilight. The stars began to shine and I stayed till well after dark just enjoying the moment. This is Bass Lake, California.

Tags:   Bass Lake Bass Lake Sunset Outdoors Forks Lupine Flowers Wild Wildflowers Pink Reflection Sky Pines Forest California Yosemite National Park Darv Darvin Atkeson YosemiteLandscapes.com

N 44 B 1.5K C 4 E May 7, 2018 F May 18, 2018
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Waiting for the perfect light and timing is essential for the landscape photographer. It can take all day to waiting for the right light. However, this one took me six years to get. I have checked every year and this was the year that everything was perfect! Bass Lake is full to the brim with cool, clean beautiful blue snow melt. The dogwoods are leafing out in beautiful contrasting bright green. And while Yosemite has a ton of flowers this year, the booms are smaller but this was not the case at Bass Lake. The blossoms were as big as your hand and in surprisingly good shape. Not a single flower needed retouching. The afternoon light filtered through the pine forest and touched the red bark of the cedars providing perfect contrast between the light and shade. It's great when a plan comes together.

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Yosemite Landscapes
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Tags:   Bass Lake California Sunset Oakhurst Sierra Nevada Mountains Forest Pines Shore Light Glow Reflection Water Rain Snow El Nino Darv Darvin Atkeson Lynneal YosemiteLandscapes.com

N 365 B 20.8K C 23 E May 11, 2018 F May 12, 2018
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From Highway 140, you enter the Valley through a forest of blooming Dogwood trees along the river. You turn into an impossibly dense lush forest of pines and dogwoods with blooms blanketing the trees and dancing in the breeze. Then without warning, the forest opens up and you catch what will be your first view of Yosemite’s impossible scenery. From a distance cliff pours the windswept waterfall called appropriately Bridalveil Fall. Then it disappears as quickly as it appeared. You wonder if what you just saw was really possible. Brace yourself, this was just a teaser to what is to come. The next several mile drive up into Yosemite Valley will blow your mind!

© Darvin Atkeson
Yosemite Landscapes
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Tags:   Dogwood California Yosemite National Park Half Dome El Capitan Bridal Veil Forest Sierra Nevada Mountains Clouds Rest Valley Canyon Glacier Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson YosemiteLandscapes.com

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Imagine driving in to a tunnel that steers you into a deep granite mountain, the other end is but a pinpoint of light. Darkness surrounds you as the road plummets into the rock. The tunnel is long enough that your eyes become used to the dark light and you see the jagged edges of blasted rock surround you. The distance opening slowly grows larger and you have no idea what to expect but it’s bright. Finally you emerge into glorious light that seems almost too intense to be real due in part to the darkness of the tunnel. As your eyes adjust to reveal a canyon unlike any other on Earth is splayed out before you. Vertical rocks much too tall to be real protrude from a dense pine forest skyward and the clouds dance and flow among the rocks. On a stormy
afternoon you are bound to see rainbows wrapping up and over the monoliths that guard the entrance. If you really love landscapes you might just choke up a bit. Yeah, this is Yosemite National Park and you just found Heaven on Earth.

Now just remember, your still driving and you will need to safely park your car.

© Darvin Atkeson
Yosemite Landscapes
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